Salaries & Earnings for All Sectors

 
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Average Salary in All Sectors

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Sector Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
UK average income PPP $ 2,643 $ 2,677 Full-time employees on adult rates of pay, 2003. Incl. overtime payments. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 2,113 pounds 27% 39.6
Korea average income PPP $ 2,616 $ 2,074 Regular employees incl. family allowances and the value of payments in kind, 2005. Establishments with 5 or more regular employees. Excl. Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry, and Fishing. Korea Ministry of Labour, [9]. 2,404,000 wons 12% 45.7
Switzerland average income PPP $ 2,529 $ 3,603 Standardised monthly earnings (40 hours x 4 1/3 weeks), 2004. Office fédéral de la statistique Suisse, [9]. Excl. primary sector. 6,385 francs 32% 36.0
Australia average income PPP $ 2,380 $ 2,336 Full-time adult non-managerial employees, excl. primary sector, 2004. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 3,848 dollars 20% 34.7
U.S. median income PPP $ 2,313 $ 2,313 Median usual earnings, full-time employees, 2005. Entire workforce excl. part-time workers, non-incorporated self-employed, and incorporated self-employed. U.S. Department of Labor, [9], [t]. 2,821 dollars 18%
Norway average income PPP $ 2,302 $ 3,176 Full-time employees, 2005. Excl. overtime payments. Excl. primary sector. Statistics Norway, [9]. 30,138 kroners 32% 34.6
Taiwan average income PPP $ 2,259 $ 1,224 Employees, incl. overtime and bonus, 2005. National Statistics Republic of China, [10]. 43,615 dollars 10% 42.0
Belgium average income PPP $ 2,173 $ 2,114 Full-time employees, 2003. Institut National de Statistique, [9], [t]. 2,589 euros 32%
Japan average income PPP $ 2,126 $ 2,500 Regular employees, incl. overtime and bonuses, 2005; establishments with 5 or more regular employees; Japan Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, [17], [k]. 335,000 yens 18% 41.3
Netherlands average income PPP $ 2,024 $ 2,467 Full-time employees, 2004. Excl. overtime payments. Netherlands Central Bureau voor de Statistiek, [9]. 2,792 euros 31% 38.4
France average income PPP $ 1,962 $ 1,540 Employees, 2002. Excluding primary sector. Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle, [9]. 1,501 euros 0% 37.0
Austria average income PPP $ 1,934 $ 1,864 Employees, 2003. Excl. primary sector. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 2,316 euros 33% 33.5
Canada average income PPP $ 1,878 $ 1,876 Employees, 2005. Incl. overtime. Excl. agriculture, fishing, and hunting. Statistics Canada, [9], [t]. 3,156 dollars 28% 31.7
New Zealand average income PPP $ 1,858 $ 1,776 Standardized income (165 hours/month), full-time equivalent employees, 2004. Excl. agriculture, hunting, fishing. Statistics New Zealand, [9], [t]. 3,328 dollars 22% 34.8
Finland average income PPP $ 1,820 $ 2,173 Full-time employees, 2004. Excl. primary sector. Excl. seasonal and end-of-year bonuses. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 2,459 euros 31% 36.0
Singapore average income PPP $ 1,731 $ 1,615 Employees, 2005. Ministry of Manpower, [9], [t]. 3,444 dollars 22% 46.5
Israel average income PPP $ 1,593 $ 1,291 Employees, 2005. Incl. payments subject to income tax. Incl. workers from the Judea, Samaria and Gaza areas. Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 7,219 new shekels 20% 36.5
Hong Kong median income PPP $ 1,562 $ 1,173 Employees, 2005. Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, [9]. 9,600 dollars 5% 47.0
Sweden average salary PPP $ 1,383 $ 1,810 Wage earners in the private sector, 2005. Excl. holidays, sick-leave and overtime payments. Statistiska Centralbyrån, [9]. 19,237 kronas 30% 35.6
Philippines average income PPP $ 919 $ 207 Employees, 2001. Establishments with 20 or more persons employed. National Statistics Office, [9], [t]. 10,719 pesos 11% 48.4
Brazil average income PPP $ 877 $ 312 Employees, 2002. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 885 reals 10% 42.2
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 866 $ 527 Employees, 2004. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 17,030 korunas 23%
Poland average income PPP $ 854 $ 516 Employees, 2005. Incl. the value of payments in kind. Poland Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 2,380 zlotys 30% 39.7
Hungary average income PPP $ 828 $ 526 Full-time employees in enterprises with 5 or more employees, 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 158,315 forints 34%
Slovakia average income PPP $ 802 $ 435 Employees, 2005. Excl. enterprises with less than 20 employees. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 17,274 korunas 22% 32.1
China average income PPP $ 669 $ 153 Employees, 2004. State-owned units, urban collective-owned units and other ownership units. National Bureau of Statistics of China, [9]. 1,335 yuans 8%
Latvia average income PPP $ 665 $ 296 Employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 226 lats 27% 42.1
Lithuania average income PPP $ 663 $ 335 Employees, 2005. All employees converted into Full-time units. Excl. individual unincorporated enterprises. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 1,290 litas 28% 38.2
Russia average income PPP $ 551 $ 263 Employees, 2005. Federal State Statistics Office, [9]. 8,550 roubles 13%
Mexico average income PPP $ 548 $ 351 Employees, 2005. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 4,018 pesos 5% 43.5
Thailand average income PPP $ 470 $ 140 Employees, 2003. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 5,840 bahts 6% 48.9
Romania average income PPP $ 436 $ 188 Employees, 2004. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 818 new lei 29% 39.4
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization, a United Nations Agency.
[18]   Japan Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, 2004, 2005.